The Baptist Catechism: Q. 4 (The Word of God)

Q. 4What is the Word of God?
Answer: The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God, and the only certain rule of faith and obedience.
Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:16; Ephesians 2:20

Comment: We recognize the Bible (i.e. “Holy Scritpures”), consisting of 39 books in the Old Testament (from Genesis to Malachi) and 27 books in the New Testament (from Matthew to Revelation), as the word of God.  The Scriptures are God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16a).  Being thus God-breathed, they are the only certain (or infallible) and sufficient rule (or standard) of our faith and obedience (3:16b; cf 4:1-5; Isa. 8:20).  By “Holy” is meant sanctified or set apart from all other books (the Bible alone is uniquely the word of God).  By “certain” (or infallible) is meant that the Scriptures are true in all their parts and may therefore be trusted.  By “faith” is meant what we are to believe concerning the teachings or doctrines of Scripture.  By “obedience” is meant how we are to live in light of the teachings of Scripture.  Obedience flows from faith.  Practice flows from theology.  The Bible is the rock upon which we stand!

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